INFO FROM SIDC - RWC BELGIUM 2015 Mar 19 12:28:06
Solar activity was low with the strongest flare of the period remaining restricted to a C7.6 flare peaking at 16:31 from NOAA region 2297. Multiple other C class flares were observed from regions 2297 and 2302. A new region emerged near N16W17 while NOAA region 2297 showed some further decay. Flaring at C level is expected with a chance for M flares remaining but diminishing.
There also remains a chance for a proton event in case of strong activity from region 2297 but this chance is also diminishing as the region further rotates towards and beyond the west limb over the next days. No Earth directed CMEs were observed. Following the decline of CME effects of the March 15 CME, solar wind conditions now appear to be under the influence of a high speed stream from the southern negative polarity coronal hole. Solar wind speed saw first an increase from around 560 km/s to a peak of over 760 km/s at 21:25UT, followed by a steady decline back to values around 560 km/s. The total magnetic field continued to decrease further during the period, from around 11 nT down to values of 4 nT after midnight. Since then, a slight increase back to current values approaching 8 nT was seen. Bz was variable with some negative peaks down to -10nT at the start of the period. The magnetic field phi angle was stable in the negative sector. The high speed stream influence is likely to persist but decline over the next 24-48 hours. Minor geomagnetic storm conditions dominated the first half of the period with even a moderate storm episode at planetary level (NOAA Kp 5-6, local K Dourbes 3-5). Current conditions are unsettled to active (NOAA Kp=4, K Dourbes 3-4) and likely to persist, with minor storm conditions possible.